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adjective, more sa路vor路y or (Rare) sa路vor路i路er, most sa路vor路y or (Rare) sa路vor路i路est.
having a salty, spicy, or piquant flavor; not sweet:Plantains, though they look very similar to bananas, can be used in both sweet and savory dishes, as they take on other flavors really well.
having or suggesting the flavor of umami: A farmhouse cheddar is combined with Italian black truffles for a distinctive earthy, savory flavor.
pleasant or agreeable in taste or smell: Savory aromas fill the air as our friendly staff serves up a variety of rich Southwestern dishes.
pleasing, attractive, or agreeable: The album is a savory blend of jazz and Afrobeat.
noun, plural sa路vor路ies.
British. an aromatic, often spicy course or dish served either as an appetizer or as a dessert, as pickled fish or brandied fruit.
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Origin of savory

First recorded in 1175鈥1225; Middle English savori; replacing Middle English savure, from Old French savoure, past participle of savourer 鈥渢o savor鈥; see origin at savor, -y1

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2, 3. See palatable.


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savior, savor, savory

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[ sey-vuh-ree ]
/ 藞se瑟 v蓹 ri /

noun, plural sa路vor路ies.
any of several aromatic herbs belonging to the genus Satureja, of the mint family, especially S. hortensis(summer savory ) or S. montana(winter savory ), having narrow leaves used in cooking.

Origin of savory

First recorded in 1400鈥50; Middle English saverei(e), saverai(e); probably an alteration (by influence of savory1) of Old French sarree, from Old English s忙therie from Latin satur膿ia
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What does聽savory mean?

Savory describes the kind of rich flavor that鈥檚 most often associated with foods like meats and roasted vegetables.

There are often considered to be five basic taste sensations: sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and savory, or umami.

Separately, savory is the name of several kinds of aromatic herbs of the mint family used in cooking, such as ones known as summer savory and winter savory.

In the U.K., the word savory is also used to refer to a fragrant and sometimes spicy course or dish. (Such a dish may or may not be described as savory in the popular sense.)

Example: That roasted mushroom dish was so savory鈥攊t had such a dark, rich flavor.

Where does聽savory come from?

Savory is the adjective form of the word savor, which ultimately derives from the Latin verb sapere, 鈥渢o taste.鈥 The first records of the use of the word savory as an adjective come from around the 1200s. Originally, it was simply used to describe a pleasing scent or taste. It wasn鈥檛 until around the 1500s that it started to be used in its modern sense to specifically describe the kind of rich flavor that chefs and foodies might otherwise call umami.

The flavor we call savory is hard to describe. But you know it when you taste it. It鈥檚 definitely not sweet or sour. It may be a bit salty鈥攁nd salt brings out savory flavors. Steak is savory. Mushrooms are savory. Roasted eggplant is savory. Things described as savory are often rich and dark and have an umami flavor that a food scientist will tell you is usually the result of amino acids dancing with taste receptors in your mouth. By the way, the word umami is Japanese for 鈥渟avory quality鈥 or 鈥渄elicious taste.鈥 (And sorry for making you hungry.)

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What are some other forms of savory?

  • savoury (British English spelling)
  • savoriness (noun)
  • savorily (adverb)

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How is聽savory used in real life?

Savory is used in the context of cooking and eating, and it鈥檚 typically used positively to refer to things that taste really good.



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That candy was so sugary and savory that it made my mouth pucker up!

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British Dictionary definitions for savory

/ (藞se瑟v蓹r瑟) /

noun plural -vories
any of numerous aromatic plants of the genus Satureja, esp S. montana (winter savory) and S. hortensis (summer savory), of the Mediterranean region, having narrow leaves and white, pink, or purple flowers: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
the leaves of any of these plants, used as a potherb

Word Origin for savory

C14: probably from Old English s忙therie, from Latin satur膿ia, of obscure origin
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